CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Aug. 31, 2001
EDITORS: A photo of Shannon P. Márquez is available. To obtain a copy,
contact Debra Venzke at (319) 335-9647.
Márquez appointed UI College of Public Health assistant dean for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Shannon P. Márquez, Ph.D., assistant professor
of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College
of Public Health, has been named assistant dean for diversity. In this role,
Márquez will lead the college in developing new programs to attract
and retain a more diverse student body and faculty. She will also represent
the college on university committees dealing with diversity issues.
"The appointment of Dr. Márquez to this unique post reflects
the College of Public Health's strong commitment to enhancing the diversity
of its faculty, students and staff," said James Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H,
dean of the College of Public Health. "Dr. Márquez will provide
valuable leadership to this college, and she will partner with others at the
university who are working to promote diversity across campus. In addition,
she will interact with the public health community on behalf of the college
to support diversity."
Márquez also will address issues such as diversity and health disparities.
"Since it is well known that many health problems fall heavily on minority,
immigrant and other vulnerable populations, we all must work together to create
a community that is not just welcoming and accepting of diversity, but is
also conducive to implementing these values in ways that enhance public health
in the most vulnerable segments of our population," Márquez said.
"A guiding principle to help us meet these challenges is the realization
that a commitment to diversity is also a commitment to intellectual vitality."
Márquez received her Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering
from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. She joined the College
of Public Health faculty in 1999 and is the director of the Community Outreach
and Education Core of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and
deputy director of African Programs for the Center for International Rural
and Environmental Health (CIREH). Márquez also has a secondary faculty
appointment in the UI College of Engineering.
This summer, Márquez served as the program director and instructor
for the study abroad course titled "Public Health and Environment: The
Gambia." In collaboration with The Gambia College-School of Public Health,
the six-week program provides students interested in public and environmental
health sciences with an opportunity to travel to West Africa and engage in
health-related, field-based studies. The course is jointly sponsored by CIREH
and the UI Office for Study Abroad.
Along with her administrative and outreach work, Márquez will continue
her research and teaching responsibilities in the areas of risk assessment
and communication of water contaminants, vector control and environmental
interventions for water-related illnesses, and public health engineering and